Update Usage Types

Every workspace in SIQ has a Usage Type. This article describes each Usage Type and teaches you how to view and change usage types.

Usage Type is not the same as Space Type:

  • Usage Type is a description of the way space is used, such as a Primary Seat or Hoteling Desk.
  • Space Type is an attribute assigned to a space, such as Cubicle or Lounge. 

Change Seat Usage Types

All of these Seat Usage functions will be managed on the Floor Map page. To change a seat's usage, simply left-click on the seat [1], then find the Usage Type field in the data drawer on the right [2]. Make a new selection from the drop-down menu. If you are changing the seat type from Primary to anything else, you will receive a warning that any seated employees will be unseated in future assignment plans. When you are done, the center circle will be updated to show the new usage color [3]:



To reassign a group of seats to a new usage type at once, hold the Shift key and click and drag [1] to select the seats you wish to alter. You can also hold the Shift key and click directly on a space to add to your group selection one space at a time [2]. The data drawer on the right will change, and you'll need to scroll down to find the Update Usage option [3]:


View Seat Usage

On the floor map, the center color of each space icon tells you what Usage Type is currently applied.

Seat usage is also summarized at the floor and building level on the Portfolio page. Navigate to the Portfolio main menu [1], and ensure you are on the Portfolio sub menu [2]. From there, select the Building [3] or Floor [4] where you'd like to see a Usage summary. Once your selection is expanded, by default, the Departments tab will be selected. Click on the Usage Types tab [5] to see a breakdown of all Usage types in that building/floor and an associated graph [6]:



List of Usage Types

Hot Desk

Hot Desks are used to share work spaces in an unstructured manner with employees. Individual employees cannot be assigned to Hot Desks.

More details, see What is Hot Desking?

Hoteling Desk

Like Hot Desks, employees cannot be assigned to Hoteling Desks. Hotel Seats are used to schedule time in a structured way so as to keep track of what specific seats are available and when.

More details, see What is Hoteling?

Primary Seat

Primary seats can have individual employees assigned. Only one person can be assigned to a primary seat at a time. This is more or less the standard seat type, and the one most organizations are familiar with when they use assigned employee seating.


We define a Neighborhood as a multiple tenant grouping of seats, where any number of employees or departments can be assigned. Employees within Neighborhoods will no longer have specific, assigned seating.

Neighborhoods are floor- and building-specific, and they cannot span across multiple floors or buildings.

More details, see Manage Neighborhoods.

Reserved Desk

This usage type will let you temporarily prevent the seat from being used. This is useful in certain situations to ensure your summary data is not affected by seats that might otherwise be counted as vacant. Again, employees cannot be assigned to Reserved Desks.

Secondary Seat

The Secondary Seat Usage type is handy for designating a space as in use, even when the person who is using it is already assigned to another Primary or Shared Seat.

Shared Desk

The Shared Desk usage type will allow for multiple employees to be assigned to the desk.

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